Steelcase Ergonomic Leap Fabric Office Chair

Last updated date: August 18, 2020

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Steelcase Ergonomic Leap Fabric Office Chair

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the Steelcase Steelcase Ergonomic Leap Fabric Office Chair placed 7th when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 10, 2020:
Checkout The Best Office Chair for a detailed review of all the top office chairs.

Expert Summarized Score
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
208 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The backrest has a recline function with tension adjustment and five lockable positions.
- btod
Liveback design helps mimic the curve of your spine, offering a comfortable sitting experience while reducing back strain
- Omnicore
The Leap chair’s claim-to-fame is its adjustability. In total, the seat has eight adjustable areas including pneumatic seat-height adjustment, a variable backstop and height-width-pivot-depth adjustable arms.
- Rolling Stone
The back bends, the lumbar support shifts and the entire chair tilts as you adjust your position; you set these by using three controls that allow you to tweak how you configure the chair for your spine, lumbar region and posture.
- Tom's Guide
The flexibility and the adjustability of this chair is mindboggling.
- Republic
Normally jutting out of the back, Steelcase hid the lumbar support internally, allowing the Leap to blend into even the most traditionally decorated office.
- USA Today
Other features include a natural glide system that allows you to recline but remain upright and still naturally reach your work, all without hindering posture or pressure on the back.
- Gadget Review
Kolber frequently recommends the Steelcase Leap, which is as attractive as high-end, teched-out, hyper-adjustable office chairs go.
- GQ
What experts didn't like
The biggest downside with the Leap Chair is its high price point.
- btod
Base is made from (heavy-duty) plastic, which isn’t as durable as some of the metal options out there.
- Omnicore
The Steelcase Leap isn't cheap, though; at $860, it is one of the more expensive chairs we looked at.
- Tom's Guide
Armrest Shifting - As many users like this highly adjustable armrest shifting features. But, few still find it complicated and consider it as a negative aspect.
- Republic
The biggest issue we had with this chair is the price. You can get a lot more chair for a lot less money.
- USA Today
Admittedly, you have to order it without arm rests to get into the $800-range—it costs over $1,000 to add those on.
- GQ

From The Manufacturer

Leap is a highly ergonomic chair that adjusts to fit your body, so you don’t have to adjust your body to fit the chair. Thanks to its LiveBack technology, the Leap chair back changes shape to mimic and support the movement of your spine. And with its simple and intuitive adjustments, it’s easy to adjust your Leap chair to fit you comfortably for the entire day. Steelcase Leap chair complete features are pneumatic seat-height adjustment, variable back stop, height-width-pivot-depth adjustable arms, black plastic frame, shell, base, arms, adjustable lumbar support, hard casters, fabric, open box refurb.

Overall Product Rankings

Duramont Ergonomic Lumbar Support Office Chair
1. Duramont Ergonomic Lumbar Support Office Chair
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 9
BestOffice Ergonomic Lumbar Support Mesh Office Chair
2. BestOffice Ergonomic Lumbar Support Mesh Office Chair
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 9
Furmax Adjustable Ergonomic High Back Office Chair
3. Furmax Adjustable Ergonomic High Back Office Chair
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6
Rimiking Modern Twill Adjustable Mid-Back Office Chair
4. Rimiking Modern Twill Adjustable Mid-Back Office Chair
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 6
SMUGDESK Ergonomic Lumbar Support Mesh Office Chair
5. SMUGDESK Ergonomic Lumbar Support Mesh Office Chair
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
Steelcase Ergonomic Leap Fabric Office Chair
7. Steelcase Ergonomic Leap Fabric Office Chair
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Office Chairs

When working long hours at a desk, you’ll need an office chair that supports your back, has a comfortable seat and adjusts to fit your body. Most office chairs allow you to at least adjust the height, come with a swivel seat and have wheels on the base so you can move around.

When considering ergonomics, you’ll want to think about how long you’ll use the chair and any pain points you experience. If you have pain from the neck down to your back,  high-back office chairs can offer extensive support to your body for a long work day. A low- or mid-back office chair can suit more casual-use purposes and still offer some back support.

Keep in mind the chair’s adjustability options so that it fits your body and works for your desk. An adjustable height is a must, and if your chair has an armrest, adjustability in that area can allow for more comfortable typing. You’ll need a chair that can tilt back if you want the option to recline for a quick break.

For the most comfort, consider the material and padding used in the chair. Leather office chairs can come with a lot of thick padding but may offer less breathability than a thinner office chair covered in mesh fabric. However, office chairs with thin seat padding can wear down quickly and leave you sitting uncomfortably.

If you want the ability to easily maneuver around the room in your office chair, choose one with wheels and a pivoting seat. Some chairs have rollerblade-like wheels that move smoothly, while others have caster wheels with a cover to protect your floor. At the same time, make sure that your chair and its wheels are durable enough to support you and endure heavy use.

Don’t forget that an office chair can be stylish, too. While you can find brown, black and gray office chairs that fit in anywhere, chairs in fun colors like pink, green and blue exist, too. You can even find uniquely shaped office chairs that look like a more casual piece of furniture.

DWYM Fun Fact

While they didn’t look like the chairs you see around offices today, people have used work chairs as far back as 1900 BCE. At that time, the ancient Egyptians would use special stools that made it easy to lean forward for work.

During the 1840s, Charles Darwin decided to put wheels on a wooden chair so that he could move around more easily to work with specimens in his experiments. More chairs with wheels came out during that decade to make it easier for workers to move around and reach things.

While such chairs offered functionality, they often lacked comfort. During the 1970s, makers started to focus more on ergonomics so that office chairs would become adjustable, better padded and more practical for long-term use.

The Office Chair Buying Guide

  • If your office gets warm or you sit for long hours, look for a chair covered in a thin, breathable material such as mesh. Thick materials like leather can cause you to sweat in your seat, though some manufacturers offer breathable leather options.
  • When choosing an office chair, look for one that conforms to your back’s curve if you commonly experience back aches or strains.
  • Chair padding will wear down over time, especially in the seat area. You can slow down the process if you find a chair with thick memory foam in the seat.
  • Consider an office chair with a headrest if you want to improve your posture and take some pressure off your back. You can often find chairs with adjustable headrests for your height.
  • Even the most comfortable seat may not work out if it’s not wide or deep enough for you. Generally, tall people should look for larger seats, while shorter people can do well with smaller ones.
  • Before buying an adjustable office chair, make sure that you can easily access the controls on it. Generally, you shouldn’t have to get off the chair to make adjustments. Also, check the instructions so that you know how to adjust the chair properly.
  • Eventually, an office chair will need to be replaced when it breaks or when the padding wears down to the point where you feel uncomfortable. However, you may be able to prolong a chair’s lifespan with the help of a seat cushion.
  • Don’t forget to check an office chair’s weight limit since it can vary widely — even among chairs that look similar. You’ll often find chairs with limits of around 250 pounds. If you need more capacity, look for chairs marketed as “big and tall.”
  • To keep your office chair clean, you can gently vacuum fabric chairs or use a cleaning foam for leather chairs. Gentle soap and water works well for mesh chairs.
  • Read reviews and check instructions before purchasing an office chair to avoid any troubles during assembly.